Moore’s loss, likely Luther Strange victory, and Bannon’s future
Matt Drudge, publisher of the widely read Drudge Report, tweeted last night when the election results were in: “Luther Strange would have won in a landslide.” Strange, backed by President Trump, establishment Republicans, and especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, lost to Stephen Bannon-promoted Roy Moore in the Republican primary. Bannon had prominently announced his intention to back all anti-McConnell candidates except Ted Cruz in the 2018 elections. A Roy Moore victory was to be the first triumph of that campaign. Senator McConnell’s allies now see “Moore loss as fatal blow for Bannon.”
Moore’s loss can also be regarded as a victory for Amazon’s strongly Progressive Washington Post, which first published forty-year-old claims of Moore, as an adult in his early thirties, preferring dates with young teenagers. It was a victory also for NBC’s ratings-challenged Megyn Kelly who kept in the public eye the day before the election the theme of inappropriate Republican male advances — by interviewing three women with claims against President Trump.
Home-grown terrorists more a problem than immigrant terrorists
Columnist and public policy professor Steven Hayward writes that while he is in favor of terminating chain immigration (see the lead article in yesterday’s Founders Broadsheet), “The real problem is more with home-grown radicalization.” Hayward provides graphical evidence from a Pew Center survey to underscore his point.
Tax cut to 37% for top bracket would greatly help growth
A headline in the business section of yesterday’s Washington Post reads: “Congressional Republicans in advanced talks to reduce the tax rate for top earners to 37 percent as part of final tax bill.” Although Democrats will doubtless seize on this as yet more proof that the Republican tax bill is all about giveaways to the rich at the expense of the middle class, it is the rich who have been the losers at the individual level in the previously passed House and Senate bills. The authoritative Tax Foundation ranks reductions in individual tax rates as a very strong promoter of economic growth, second only to a corporate tax reduction to 20% in its likely effect. The Foundation’s discussion and table is here.
Art of the bad deal: radical LGBT activist to EEOC